A flash in the pan?

Well, there’s been much debate about a mooted Australian zombie anthology over on the Southern Horror/AHWA yahoo group, so I thought it timely that issue 22 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine has been released to the public. The issue features my short-short black humour zombie story Love in the Land of the Dead. ASIM #22 has been reviewed on Tangent Online. The review is quite positive on the issue as a whole, but alas, the reviewer was not taken by my story in any way, shape, or form, although he did say:
Love in the Land of the Dead by Shane Jiraiya Cummings is an ultra-short zombie story with one hell of an opening line.”
Well, as they say in the biz, you have to take the good with the bad – and I have had a good run of reviews of late.

On the subject of flash fiction, my story Postcard from Paris (A Reply) has been published on the shorthorror.com website as the fiction contest winner. It’s free and a (mostly) painless diversion for a few minutes, so have a read. While there, you’ll notice editor Mike Wilson has compiled a list of free horror short story websites (predominantly webzines), including Shadowed Realms, which I think is a worthy endeavour and a great free resource for lovers of short dark fiction.

Also on the subject of flash fiction, Russell advises me I have an obsession with giving characters with ‘J’ names. Every character I use from here on in will be named ‘Ohn’, ‘Acqueline’, ‘Ames’, ‘Ill’, or ‘Enny’. Between excessive
Js and droopy W’s (a table of contents thing), I think I’ll huddle in a corner and hum to myself before tackling my next short story. It’s an artiste’s prerogative, damn it!

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